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Ending the year at the Sabie Bubble Run

For the past 6 years, South African motorcyclists have been making the annual pilgrimage from Johannesburg to the small town of Sabie for the Sabie Bubble Run, South Africa’s only traditional motorcycle run. The motorcycle...

Soul Searchin’ and Road Trippin’

It’s midday and I’m riding my Triumph Speed Twin south out of ‘The Big Smoke’. Only going as far as Clarence, in the eastern Free State today, hence the ‘late’ departure. Those that know...

Ducati’s Magical Mystery Tour

We have seen some significant changes since World of Motorcycles took on the Ducati brand in SA. Under the guidance of Jos Matthysen, the new supremo at Ducati, things are done somewhat differently. Jos...

Soul Trippin’ in Sabie

The last nine months have been really tough on the mind, body and soul. Racing against the rain, riding the wind and chasing sunsets all had to be put on pause. But thankfully we're...

Rookie Ride into Zimbabwe: A Dutchman Testing Africa, His Gear and Himself

Dutch native, Michiel van Dam, shares his experience riding an adventure bike in Africa for the first time. In part one of this story, he journeyed through Botswana. Here, we pick up his trail...

Rookie Ride into Botswana: A Dutchman Testing Africa, His Gear and Himself

Editor's Note: Dutch native, Michiel van Dam, shares his experience riding an adventure bike in Africa for the first time, on a trip into Botswana. Here is the story as told by Michiel van Dam... An early...

The Journey…

Editor's Note: At ZA Bikers we are big fans of tales of adventure where people use unlikely bikes to do unlikely trips. We have done a few of those ourselves, especially to Botswana, our favourite...

A journey for LOVE…

As some of my close friends are aware, I have relocated my family to the Eastern Cape. More specifically Jeffreys Bay. As a family, we enjoy the people, places and opportunities this corner of...

The joys of touring in Southern Africa on a BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

Four countries, 3600 kilometres in just two weeks, a bit of dust and plenty of memories: when a bunch of foreigners decided to come over to Southern Africa for a bike trip, it’s just...

A tale of Triumph over Botswana.

Botswana. The very name conjures up visions of the central Kalahari plains, black-maned lions, bushmen, and the Okavango Delta, teeming with abundant wildlife. I always say that for me, Botswana proper starts when you...

The Perfect Sunset and a new Africa Twin

A wise man once said that success is where being prepared meets opportunity. I am reminded of these words as I see the perfect opportunity slowly unfolding before me. I am referring to an...

The RADical Challenge – Let’s Get Radical

We were invited by RADMoto to attend their first annual RADical Challenge event. For those who aren’t familiar with RADMoto, they are a KTM powerhouse of a dealership in Sandton and they offer a...

On the Road: Pure&Crafted, Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for many things: canals, tulips, bicycles, stroopwafels, and cafes that sell more than just coffee. And even though The Netherlands' topography is pretty unexciting, it has a pretty rad motorcycling scene...

Twins into Africa…

In many ways, the Africa Twin story is one filled with success, drama and irrational decision making, to say the least. Allow me to explain; The year is 1990 as Honda launches the delectable XRV750...

A band of brothers – Soul searching in Val

There are times when the craziness of everyday life becomes overbearing and, if you are wise, you will take a bit of time out. So it was with the team at ZA Bikers. Braam...

Rhodes, a must on any Adventure biker’s bucket list!

We recently received a letter from Dave Walker from "The Walkerbouts Country Inn & Pub" in Rhodes, Eastern Cape. With summer now fast approaching, thoughts of planning that next adventure are circling around in...

The Sani Pass Moto Adventure with Bonafide Moto Co.

Planning a moto adventure in the middle of winter to one of Southern Africa’s most iconic mountain passes doesn’t always come recommended. The weather and road conditions on Sani Pass can rapidly turn and...

ZA Bikers Road Trip to KwaZulu-Natal

At ZA Bikers we needed a road trip. But not just any road trip. After a very rewarding few months of visiting and interacting with the Gauteng based dealers from all avenues of society,...

Riding the “Name Game”.

Let's face it, we never need a reason to ride but it is sometimes fun to put a particular spin on it. I had some business appointments down in Barberton, in the Lowveld ...

Adventure Riding in Lesotho

I am in creative conversation with Miguel Lage, Dealer Principal at RAD Moto, Rivonia. He carefully studies the digital map and the route that I have proposed for our next soulful adventure, without saying...

BOTSWANA SYMmetry – Two SYM’s, two Daves’, 1900 K’s and plenty of Ellies

Nothing elicits a feeling of longing and nostalgia in me more than watching a YouTube clip of bikes and buds on a road trip through an arid landscape. I literally feel the heat, smell...

The Nottingham Road Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal

We received an email recently from "The Nottingham Road Hotel" (Notties Hotel), which is situated in the Midlands region of KwaZulu-Natal and is approximately halfway between Gauteng and Margate. They have an exclusive accommodation...

Four crazy Germans and an African adventure…

So you want to do a hard core trip through South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. A trip that includes some hostile terrain with lots of sand, rocks and gravel thrown into the mix? Furthermore,...

The road to Sani…

Sani Pass is one of the most talked about gravel passes in Southern Africa. It is the “Child of Fire” and for a long time, was the highest, longest and therefore most prestigious pass...

The Historic Hogsback Inn, Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

We have been thinking about sharing some of the cool spots we have discovered during our travels. Tell us what you think. Belinda Ayre, from the Hogsback Inn sent us an introduction to the...

SUZUKI WEEKEND AWAY 2019

Suzuki’s 8th Annual Weekend Away will take place between the 5th July to the 7th July 2019 at Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites in Mpumalanga. All Bike makes are welcome and bookings are done directly...

The Singles Club

It was Albert Einstein that stated, “why do I always get my best ideas in the shower?” Simply put, this means that we must sometimes remove ourselves from the immediate situation, relax and talk...

Summer Daze: Riding the Cape on Triumph’s Cruisers

Cape Town's motorcyclists are evangelists for the Mother City. We can't help it—not only do we have amazing scenery, food and people, but the riding here is top notch. Tell a local motorcyclist that...

Touring in Indonesia: a motorcycle trip over Java and Bali islands

Located approximately 8500 kilometres away from South Africa across the Indian Ocean, Indonesia is a world on its own. ZA Bikers went on a motorcycle trip over the two islands of Java and Bali,...

To Hell and Back with the Killer Bee and Friends

A TOUCH OF THE KAROO Cast the window wider, sonny; Let me see the veld Rolling grandly to the sunset Where the mountains melt; With the sharp horizon round it. Like a silver belt Years and years I’ve trekked across it; Ridden...

A Modern Classic Adventure

I own a Triumph Street Twin, which I bought back in late 2017. Since buying the bike, I have been gradually customising it to my liking. When I first got the bike, I found the...

Road Tripping through the Free State.

Our buddy Johann Claassen, who served as road captain on Cancervive, heads up the Rustenburg chapter of Steelwings. For those who don’t know, Steelwings is a dedicated club for Harley–Davidson owners. Members come from...

In Search of Swazi Gold

Our trip to Swaziland wasn’t in search of real gold, but the metaphorical gold of adventure. Over the past few years we’ve explored a substantial amount of South Africa. The wonders of Mpumulanga, deserts of...

DREAMING OF A BIG SKY

“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart away from nature becomes hard” Luther Standing Bear – LAKOTA SIOUX. At this time each year, I start experiencing a “hardness of heart”. Deep from...

The Bonafide Moto Adventure to Sani Pass

When we planned this recent adventure we had these crazy ideas and high hopes to summit Sani Pass in the middle of winter with snow all around us. Thankfully that was not the case...

Getting to Know the Motor Co. at the Harley-Davidson Museum

It's a big year for Harley-Davidson. Not only is the Motor Co. celebrating its 115th anniversary, but the Harley-Davidson Museum—where all 115 years are on display—is turning ten. On the scale of Harley-Davidson fandom, I'm...

Striking Moto-Gold in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a amazing city to visit, but it's not about to top anyone's list of hot motorcycling destinations. Crazy inner city traffic makes it easier to get around by train, tram or foot,...

Travelling like a Chief.

I find myself traversing dense traffic on the N1 South as I head towards Johannesburg. Fast approaching the Buccleuch interchange I have to make a swift decision; Western or Eastern Bypass?? East, it is,...

KTM Adventure Rally 2017

The Orange Clan gathered from far and wide in the magnificent Champagne Valley Sports Resort, northern Drakensberg for a long weekend of awesome riding and general frivolity. The event kicked off with check in...

My Indian Blog

This little blog came about because I was recently invited to attend the Alfie Cox Invitational Enduro event, which was to be held in Umzumbe on the South Coast (KZN). My wife and I decided...

Inside the Surreal World of the Gumball 3000

I’m making my way through parc fermé, with a Dodge Hellcat to my left and a Lamborghini Aventador to my right. In front of me, two Russians are handing a breathalyzer back and forth,...
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Botswana Odyssey 2016

ZA Bikers along with some American friends headed up to Botswana for an epic adventure - This is how it went down!! #botswanaodyssey2016 #ktm #zabikers

BOTSWANA ODYSSEY 2016

With motorcycle tours the fun starts with the planning. We really wanted the Botswana Odyssey to be special. Our group of 11 included Bill and Tammy Snell from Orlando in the US and Arthur...

Social “Sandy” SYM rides the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana!

I suppose the idea germinated whilst in the company of some Adventure bikes at the top of Sani pass. They were somewhat miffed at the ease with which Social shot up the pass! “Real...

SYM Scooter conquers Sani Pass!

Social SYM “ South Africa’s most famous scooter” and Brand ambassador for SYM Motorcycles and Scooters SA is at it once again. After showing off its amazing build quality by bungee jumping off Orlando...

APACHE INDIANS RAID VICTORIA FALLS!!

Those of you with a smidgen of historical knowledge will know that the Apache Indians are incredibly tough, survive in the wilderness on just about nothing, and led by a chief named Geronimo led...

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